Tabor College Presents Annual Messiah Performance

December 02, 2013

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Oratorio Chorus, Alumni Chorus and Community Orchestra will join forces to present its annual “Messiah” performance 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Featured for the performance will be Tabor College soloists Robert Howell, Olivia Kliewer, Trevor Morris, Sara Sagner and Nathan Vogel. Also featured as soloists are alum Aaron Stepanek, and current faculty members Janie Brokenicky and Holly Swartzendruber.

The performance will be under the direction of Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music at Tabor College.

Georg Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” composed in a remarkable 24 days in 1742, is based upon texts from the King James Bible that tell of the prophecies of Christ, His birth, life, death, resurrection and final triumph. The initial performance was on Palm Sunday of that year, performed as a benefit concert for an orphanage in Dublin, Ireland.

“In Hillsboro, this annual event is considered the start of Christmas season and is a wonderful tradition,” said Vogel. “It’s a great piece of music with a rich message and is a centerpiece of the music department.”